Life’s too short for bad books – but with a new book published every 30 seconds, it can be hard to know where to start.
That’s why The School of Life set up a bibliotherapy service: to guide you to those amazing but often elusive works of literature, both past and present, that have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.
In a consultation with one of our bibliotherapists, you'll explore your relationship with books so far and be asked to explore new literary directions. Perhaps you're looking for an author whose style you love so much you will want to devour every word they've ever written. Perhaps you’re about to trek across China and need to find ideal travel companions to download onto your kindle. Maybe you’re feeling disconnected from the world and want to listen to the classics of your childhood during your daily commute. Or you’re seeking a change in your life and want to hold the hand of people who've been there and done that already.
Our bibliotherapists specialise in works of fiction but also prescribe select works of philosophy, poetry and other creative non-fiction. They give one to one sessions, and run group sessions (on request).
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of the session.
Giving Bibliotherapy as a gift?
If you would like to give Bibliotherapy as a gift, simply checkout as usual and then get in contact with us – at firstname.lastname@example.org – and we will help arrange a Bibliotherapy gift card or personalised email to your recipient.
Full price: $180.00 + booking fee
Concession: $160.00 + booking fee
Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.
Once you have checked out, to book your session, email email@example.com. Our bibliotherapist Germaine Leece will be in touch in 2-3 working days.
Please note we need 7 working days to transfer or refund a booking.
The idea that really marks out The School of Life from other book enterprises is their recommendation service, Bibliotherapy. A specialist will help you choose books perfectly suited to you; a sort of literary personal trainer, it's the perfect way to pick your way through the minefield of what to read next.
— The Guardian
ABOUT OUR BIBLIOTHERAPIST
Germaine Leece: Once upon a time an editor and writer; living happily ever after as a therapist with a special interest in using literature to soothe and heal. A passion for stories led Germaine Leece into the world of literature, psychology and sociology at university.
A first career in book publishing followed. After having children, there came a curiosity about connecting with people and their unique stories. Now a therapist, she feels as at home here as she did in the pages of a book. Germaine realised that the blend of words and therapy are inextricably linked; perhaps this is one answer to understanding the meaning of life.
The School of Life
111 Flinders St
Surry Hills NSW 2010